GrantStation Insider - January 17, 2019

Volume XVIII | Issue 2

National | Regional | Federal | PathFinder | Online Education


National Funding
Opportunities Throughout the U.S.

Support for Initiatives to Address Environmental Challenges
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Resilient Communities
The Resilient Communities program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) with support from Wells Fargo, is dedicated to helping communities prepare for future impacts associated with sea level rise, water quantity and quality, and forest conservation. The program places special emphasis on helping traditionally underserved, low- and moderate-income communities build capacity for resiliency planning and investments in “greener” infrastructure. The program also emphasizes supporting American Indian/Alaska Native communities and Indigenous Peoples. In 2019, grants will be offered in the following two categories: The Regional Adaptation through Regional Conservation Projects category will support projects that help prepare for fire in the Western Region, floods and droughts in the Central Region, and sea-level rise in the Eastern Region. Grants in this category will range from $200,000 to $500,000. The Community Capacity Building and Demonstration Projects category will support projects that help communities understand, organize, and take action to address risks and opportunities through improved resilience brought about by enhanced natural features. Grants in this category, ranging from $200,000 to $250,000, can take place anywhere in the U.S., but should address multiple cities and communities. Nonprofit organizations, local governments, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply in both categories. The pre-proposal deadline is February 19, 2019; invited full proposals must be submitted by April 25, 2019. Visit the NFWF website to review the request for proposals.

Programs for People Affected by Autism Funded
Autism Speaks: Grants for Service Providers
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Through the following Grants for Service Providers, Autism Speaks funds programs that provide people with autism with social and educational experiences: The Local Impact Grant Program supports local services throughout the U.S. that enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders. The Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Program supports innovative community programs for people with autism of all ages. Both programs provide grants of up to $5,000. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. Visit the Autism Speaks website to learn more about each program and to submit an online application.

Mini-Grants for Youth Service Projects
America’s Promise Alliance: Power of Youth Challenge
The Power of Youth Challenge, an initiative of America’s Promise Alliance, invites youth from across the country to bring positive change to their communities by leading social service projects. Teams made up of at least three young people, ages 13 to 18, will have access to a mini-grant of up to $250, with the amount determined by project needs. Teams who complete their projects will be eligible to apply for an accelerator grant of up to $5,000 to grow their projects over the next year. The deadline for team registration is March 31, 2019. Visit the Power of Youth Challenge website to review the eligibility criteria and application process.

Award Celebrates the Innovative Work of Seniors
AARP Purpose Prize
The AARP Purpose Prize honors extraordinary individuals 50 years of age and older who use their life experience to make a better future for all. The Prize recognizes those with the passion and experience to create new ways to solve tough social problems. Five winners annually receive $60,000 each to celebrate their achievements and broaden the scope of their work. Nominees, who may be working for organizations in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors, must be legal residents of the U.S. or U.S. citizens living abroad who have started their work at the age of 40 or later. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2019. Visit the Purpose Prize website to read the official rules and access the nomination form.



Regional Funding
Opportunities for Specific Areas

Grassroots Social Change Efforts Supported in the Northwest
Social Justice Fund Northwest
Social Justice Fund Northwest is a member-funded foundation working to strengthen grassroots initiatives in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The Fund’s Giving Project Grants provide general operating funds to support the day-to-day operations of community organizing groups working on struggles for justice, equity, and liberation. The following Giving Project Grant opportunities have upcoming 2019 deadlines: February 20 for Rural and Small Town Organizing, March 6 for Momentum: Civic Engagement and Strengthening Democracy, April 3 for Leaderfull Movements, July 10 for Economic Justice, and September 18 for Criminal Justice. Nonprofit organizations and tribal governments are eligible to apply. Organizations that are not incorporated or fiscally sponsored may also be eligible to apply after consulting with the Fund’s staff. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about each grant program and to review the application process.

Funds to Increase Employment Options for New Jersey Citizens with Disabilities
Kessler Foundation: Community Employment Grant Program
The Kessler Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, injuries to the brain and spinal cord, and other chronic conditions. Through the Community Employment Grant Program, the Foundation supports employment solutions that increase employment and career outcomes for New Jersey citizens with disabilities. Specific areas of interest include transition-to-work for youth and adults, employment-related transportation issues, vocational training, workplace preparation, and strategies to support recruitment, hiring, placement, and retention. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000. The application deadline is April 8, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online application.

Grants Strengthen Opportunities in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi
Foundation for the Mid South
The Foundation for the Mid South was established to bring together the public and private sectors and focus their resources on increasing social and economic opportunity in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Foundation supports efforts that expand knowledge and improve lives through the following priority areas: The goal of the Communities category is to build the skills and knowledge of communities to transform themselves. The goal of the Education category is to improve high school graduation rates, college preparedness, and life outcomes of students. The goal of the Health category is to improve individual and community health outcomes in chronic disease, mental health, and access to care. The goal of the Wealth Building category is to support programs and information to enable residents to manage their finances effectively and grow their wealth. Initial grant inquiries may be submitted at any time through the Share Your Ideas form. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding priorities.

Support for Watershed Conservation Efforts in Pennsylvania
Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds supports nonprofit organizations that are addressing watershed conservation issues in Pennsylvania from the Ohio border to the Susquehanna River’s main stem. Project grants of $500 to $25,000 are provided for local efforts to protect healthy natural streams, clean up pollution, and restore degraded wildlife habitat. Matching funds are intended to leverage local, state, and federal resources. The first letter of inquiry deadline for 2019 is February 15; grant applications are due March 22. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the application process.



Federal Funding
Opportunities from the U.S. Government

Environmental Justice Efforts Supported
Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. The application deadline is February 15, 2019.

Funds Available for Efforts to Combat and Learn About Opioid Use
National Institutes of Health
The HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative is an aggressive trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. The Initiative will build on extensive, well-established NIH research, including basic science of the complex neurological pathways involved in pain and addiction, implementation science to develop and test treatment models, and research to integrate behavioral interventions with medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. The Initiative offers a variety of funding opportunities; deadlines vary by opportunity.



PathFinder: Featured Resource
A library of quality resources designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional.

Meet Your Grant Program Goals in 2019!
As we enter the new year, you might be seeking out ways to organize and improve your grant program. Elevate’s webinar “Meet Your Grant Program Goals in 2019!” may be just what you are looking for. This webinar will show you how to set attainable goals for your grant program, forecast your grant revenue for 2019, and take steps now to increase your chances of meeting your objectives.



Upcoming Online Education Trainings
Live Webinars

Unless otherwise noted, all Online Education Trainings are webinars,
are 90 minutes in duration, and are scheduled to begin at 2 PM Eastern Time.

The Power of 3 - by Alice Ruhnke
Does it feel like everyone else is winning grant awards? These three webinars were designed to systematically help your nonprofit organization develop its capacity to write successful grants. The first webinar, Is Your Organization Grant Ready? will help you identify your readiness to be competitive in the grant application process and provide suggestions to increase areas that need additional development. The second webinar, Grant Writing 101, will teach you how to use a comprehensive Program Planning Framework to develop and write strong, impactful, and coherent applications. The third webinar, Logic Models: More Than Just Extra Work! will help you develop logic models to measure the change your programs have on participants. These webinars can be taken together to methodically build your organization’s capacity to write successful grants or as stand-alone learning opportunities. Executive directors, program managers, and grant writers from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from these 90-minute presentations. The first webinar will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Free Tour of the GrantStation Website
Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. This tour will cover all of the features in, including navigation, search interfaces, and charitable database search criteria. This tour will provide tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects. By using GrantStation's databases and resource tools, you can begin to develop a successful grantseeking strategy for the next 12 to 18 months. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

The Power of 3 - by Ann K. Emery
Is your data sitting around in spreadsheets, dusty, unused, and forgotten about? Your nonprofit’s data deserves to be out in the world utilized, actionable, talked about. During the upcoming Power of 3 series, Ann K. Emery will describe how to transform technical findings into simple, sophisticated visuals. She’ll walk you through a step-by-step design process that you can apply to your own projects. First, in Simple Spreadsheets, you’ll learn to analyze your data faster and easier than ever before. Good data analysis is the foundation for good data visualization. Second, in Great Graphs, you’ll find out how to move beyond overused charts like pies and bars and how to format your new chart so that your message stands out. Third, in DIY Dashboards, you’ll learn how to build one-page dashboards that get right to the point so that leaders can understand the numbers and then take action. Join us for all three workshops in the Power of 3 series or as stand-alone learning opportunities. The first webinar will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019.


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Editor: Julie Kaufman
Contributing Writer: Kevin Peters
Contributing Writer: Ashlyn Simmons

National Funding Opportunities
Support for Initiatives to Address Environmental Challenges
Programs for People Affected by Autism Funded
Mini-Grants for Youth Service Projects
Award Celebrates the Innovative Work of Seniors 

Regional Funding Opportunities
Grassroots Social Change Efforts Supported in the Northwest
Funds to Increase Employment Options for New Jersey Citizens with Disabilities
Grants Strengthen Opportunities in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi
Support for Watershed Conservation Efforts in Pennsylvania

Federal Funding Opportunities
Environmental Justice Efforts Supported
Funds Available for Efforts to Combat and Learn About Opioid Use